DDR produces medical images that depict movement and can be fully annotated, including with diagrams, to help radiologists provide a more detailed clinical finding. DDR enables clinicians to observe the dynamic interaction of anatomical structures, such as tissue and bone, with physiological changes over time. By bringing advanced Cineradiography capabilities to X-ray, a primary diagnostic tool that is widely available worldwide, DDR can help address global healthcare issues such as access, cost, and quality of care. As important, by providing quantifiable clinical information, DDR may increase the quality and specificity of diagnosis, helping clinicians rapidly answer the clinical question with higher individualized care and reduced need for additional tests.
Clinical areas where DDR can have an impact are in musculoskeletal (MSK) and thoracic imaging. DDR supports the diagnosis of MSK conditions by providing views of full patterns of articulatory mobility. Today, orthopedists rely on external motion and static X-ray to assess joint stability and spinal movement. With DDR, orthopedists and MSK specialists can acquire a full view of the MSK system in the supine and prone positions to view changes in the bone and articulations throughout the full range of motion. This information can be used to assess and monitor the spine and joints, such as the shoulder, knees, wrists, and ankles, and enable the orthopedist or MSK specialist to provide a more detailed diagnosis quicker, reduce the need for additional imaging tests and enhance the quality of care.
In thoracic and pulmonary imaging, DDR provides a full view of chest, lung and organ movement during the respiratory cycle. DDR also helps quantify change, enabling the radiologist and pulmonologist to provide an enhanced assessment of pulmonary function to help determine the cause for dyspnea (shortness of breath). The potential causes of dyspnea are extensive, and there are numerous tests used in diagnosis. In one imaging exam, DDR helps clinicians assess lung function, track lung movement to detect asymmetry (latent, paradoxical, limited or no movement), and differentiate asthma, obstruction, restriction or mixed conditions.